Tess Corkish, Youth Engagement Officer, with Year 9 students  from Ravenswood School for Girls.

Tess Corkish, Youth Engagement Officer, with Year 9 students from Ravenswood School for Girls.

What is Pope Francis’ message for Australian youth?

The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home) has completely reframed the way that the Catholic community views the ecological and social crisis. Youth in particular have the most at stake when it comes to our common home and are being called to lead the charge to protect creation. Would you like to engage the youth in your community to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”? (L.S. 49)

Our Youth Engagement Officer, Tess Corkish, works with young Catholics around Australia, inspiring them to live out the message of Laudato Si’. Tess is a young Catholic and a committed environmental animator. Tess represented Catholic Earthcare Australia in Rome at the Emerging Leaders Multifaith Climate Convergence.

In response to Laudato Si’, Catholic Earthcare is offering workshops and presentations for primary and high school students, and youth in parishes and universities.

These workshops open up:

1. The Catholic Context
2. The Global Context
3. The Australian Context
4. An Invitation to Act

Options for student presentations, workshops and sessions:

  • Large Group: Group presentation to students e.g. a speech at a mass or school assembly
  • Workshop: One hour workshop for up to thirty students e.g. one class
  • Day of youth engagement: One day of any combination of presentations and workshops e.g. four one hour workshops and one assembly presentation

Indicative fees:

  • Large group: $150*
  • Workshop: $250*
  • Full day: $500*

Plus travel cost as applicable

*Prices are negotiable

For bookings and inquiries:

Please contact Tess Corkish

m: 0414 533 264
e: tess@catholicearthcare.org.au

Please note: Catholic Earthcare Australia is a not-for-profit organisation so unfortunately we are unable to fund these workshops. The fees will cover the costs of the workshops plus a small donation to Catholic Earthcare Australia. Tess is located in Sydney, so please remember to factor in travel costs.  If you are in an area other than Sydney, consider teaming up with other schools/parishes/youth groups in the area in order to share costs.

Can you sponsor an underprivileged school? If so, please email tess@catholicearthcare.org.au.

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.